[Ads-l] peg

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Fri Mar 10 16:27:09 EST 2017

In Russell Smith’s "You think English is hard? Try Tuyuca” (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/you-think-english-is-hard-try-tuyuca/article4311579/), he discusses the journalism term “peg” meaning an underlying news story for an article.

Wiktionary (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/peg <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/peg>) has “a support; a reason’ a pretext” giving “a peg to hang a claim upon” as an example. I think that could be widened just slightly to include the journalism meaning or perhaps a separate definition is more appropriate. 

The online Oxford Dictionaries (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/peg) do not have such a definition but do have “a peg to hang something on” as an idiom.

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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